UNDP-PFF signs contract with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Joint Venture for the restoration of Apostolos Andreas MonasteryJul 1, 2014
Nicosia, 01/07/2014 – The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and UNDP–PFF are pleased to announce the signature of the contract for Phase 1 of the restoration project for the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas with a Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot joint venture.
"Our efforts culminate today in the signing of a contract between the United Nations Development Programme – Partnership for the Future and a joint venture comprised of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot contractors. One more concrete step in the pursuit of trust and cooperation between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, has warmly embraced the project of restoration of the Apostolos Andreas monastery and worked systematically with perseverance in its fulfilment. The members of the Technical Committee, from the first moment of their involvement in the project, in February 2012, were certain that were undertaking a great responsibility towards the leaders who entrusted them with this project.
Today, with the signing of the contract for the materialization of the project we feel that we are sending a strong message, inside and outside Cyprus, that the spirit of cooperation for the preservation of cultural heritage is strong and productive. The fulfillment of the project with the contribution of the Church of Cyprus and the Cyprus Evkaf Administration is commendable indication of mutual respect for holy places. The establishment of a multi-donors fund for the restoration of the monastery opens the road for the financing of other projects of a similar scale. The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage shall continue with the same zeal for all the monuments under its area of responsibility on both sides of the island”- Takis Hadjidemetriou and Ali Tuncay, Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
Phase 1 of the project will last 22 months – from the signature of the contract - and will include the full structural and architectural restoration of the main Church complex and adjacent buildings.
"Today marks the beginning of a new phase in our joint efforts for the restoration of this important monument for Cyprus, thanks to the constant dialogue and cooperation of all involved parties. Site preparation - which includes health safety elements, temporary site facilities and pre-construction surveys for this phase of the project - will start in the coming days, while we expect the restoration works to commence at the beginning of September. Our deepest thanks go to the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. UNDP is very proud to be contributing to mark such an important milestone for Cyprus” Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP-PFF.
Other envisaged phases of the project are: the restoration of the chapel, fountain, north wing building as well as external arrangements and landscaping.
The restoration will be carried out in accordance with the technical designs and drawings prepared by the University of Patras.
The Project is funded by the Church of Cyprus and the Evkaf Administration through two contribution agreements worth € 2.5 million EURO each. A contribution of 25,000 USD is made by USAID.
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